After 27 years without a bakery, Julia Creek will have fresh bread and baked goods on offer, thanks to a local businesswoman opening a cafe in town.
Located between the Post Office and the local park, Corrina's Cafe and Bakery opened its doors for business on Thursday February 28.
Owner Corrina Sollitt has been servicing the McKinlay Shire as a caterer since she left school 30 years ago, but made the decision to expand her services.
"I opened the bakery after noticing the high demand from tourists," Ms Sollitt said.
"Tourists would come to town looking for a spot to sit and have a coffee and a chat, but there was not really anywhere for them to do that.
"We offer coffee, baked goods, fresh bread, meals, salads, sandwiches and catering for gluten free, dairy free and a few vegan options."
Ms Sollitt said the last time Julia Creek had a bakery was 1992.
"I remember their final Sunday night of business they sold 1000 loaves of bread and that was because of all the country people around the region making orders," she said.
"Our little town needed a bakery. We wanted people to come and sit somewhere safe and family friendly. Therefore we have set up a large area that could host 40 persons inside and 50 outside with a deck on the western side of the building facing the local park.
Ms Sollitt said the recent flood had not deterred her in anyway from opening the bakery.
"I was already opening a business before the flood came simply because we needed it. I believe we need it even more now with the affect that the recent event has taken on the locals. They can come here and relax, socialise and take their mind off of things.
"We will be very busy in the coming months, with 120 Queensland Rail workers booking in for three meals a day while they repair the Mount Isa to Townsville rail line.
"Also with the mine starting up just outside of town. I think Julia Creek is going to be a much busier town.
"Here at Corrina's Cafe and Bakery we have a very supportive team of workers and we look forward to servicing our locals but also North West Queensland into the future."
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